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City of Steamboat Springs launches website showing locations considered for new police station

The city has vetted more than two dozens sites for a new police station.

— The city of Steamboat Springs has launched its new website showing 27 locations it has considered to build a new police headquarters.

The sites range from a 5-acre parcel near the Hampton Inn on U.S. Highway 40 to the existing campus at 840 Yampa St.

City staff has listed the pros, cons and potential "deal killers" for each of the sites and is inviting the public to share feedback and their own ideas.

The city plans to present four primary locations for the Steamboat Springs City Council to consider Dec. 3.

Those locations are not identified on the new website.

“We have some ideas, but those could change depending on the community responses,” City Manager Deb Hinsvark said Friday.

Based on where a majority of police calls originate in the city, Public Safety Director Joel Rae has said the ideal location of a new station would be somewhere between 13th Street and Pine Grove Road.

At a budget hearing earlier this month, the City Council reaffirmed its commitment to include the new station on the list of capital projects the city will fund throughout the next six years.

Starting in 2014, the city has budgeted a maximum of $8.9 million for the project, but the projected building cost of the station has not been finalized.

City officials say the current 6,600-square-foot police headquarters on Yampa Street is cramped and insufficient for today’s police force.

A space needs analysis done this year on the current station found the police department needed at least 18,000 square feet to operate efficiently and effectively.

To view the site and offer feedback, visit http://www.steamboatsprings.net/newpolicefacility.

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